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The Most Scenic Places to Go Camping in Iran
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The Most Scenic Places to Go Camping in Iran

Picture of Sahar Esfandiari
Updated: 31 October 2017
Iran is home to some of the most scenic and diverse natural landscapes in the world. If you want to keep your spending to a minimum and enjoy the great outdoors while visiting Iran then camping might save you a pretty penny. Here are some of the most scenic places to go camping in Iran.

Unlike in many European countries, there are no organised camp sites in Iran. You can simply head to any open green space, pitch your tent and camp out. But remember that there won’t be toilets, a telephone signal or any other amenities–just you and good old mother nature!

Damavand

Mount Damavand is Asia’s highest volcanic mountain. If you’re a brave mountaineer or want to take a hike in the surrounding landscape then why not set up camp and enjoy a night in nature whilst you prepare for your adventure?

Damavand, Iran | ©Ninara:flickr
Damavand, Iran | © Ninara/flickr

Kurdistan

Bordered by the mighty Zargos mountains, the Kurdish region of Iran boasts some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the country.

Gavoshan Reservoir | ©Ninara:flickr
Gavoshan Reservoir | ©Ninara/flickr

Lorestan

The province of Lorestan is very well known for its natural beauty, with the Gahar lakes among its biggest attractions. It is quite common for locals to camp around the lakes, so you’ll right at home setting up home for the night.

Gahar Lake is a major attraction of Lorestan | © Author Hamid Soufi : Wikimedia Commons
Gahar Lake is a major attraction of Lorestan | © Author Hamid Soufi / Wikimedia Commons

Camping with nomads

If you’re not quite feeling up to braving the great outdoors on your own, then book a tour to experience a camping trip with local nomads. Nomad peoples in Iran tend to move from one place to another herding livestock, they are known in Iran as Kooch Neshinan. Many travel companies offer tours ranging from a few days to a full week, where you can live alongside the Kooch Neshinan and learn about their way of life.

Nomads in the Lorestan region | ©Ninara:flickr
Nomads in the Lorestan region | ©Ninara/flickr

Shomal

‘Shomal’ means north in Persian, and refers largely to the province of Mazandaran in the north of Iran. Think rolling green hills and pure serenity.

Mazandaran | ©Ninara:flickr
Mazandaran | ©Ninara/flickr

Golestan

Golestan Province is located in the north-east of Iran, south of the Caspian Sea. Located within Golestan is the Golestan National Park, the biggest natural park in Iran, covering 90 sq. acres. Home to many rare species of birds and animals, it is an essential camping destination. Be aware that wildfires caused by negligent campers have been an issue in recent times, which has led to the creation of designated camping areas for tourists.

Golestan, Iran | ©EbrahimKhazaie:flickr
Golestan, Iran | ©EbrahimKhazaie/flickr